Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Baked Sweet Potatoes

With melting butter, cinnamon, and sugar, sweet potatoes are so decadent and savory, that they really should not be healthy for you. But they are! They offer huge amounts of vitamins, minerals, and health benefits with few calories.

The high levels of potent anti-oxidants help heal damaged cells and reduce your risk of heart and vascular disease as well as cancer. The natural anti-inflammatory effect helps ease the pain of asthma, arthritis, and other inflammatory processes. So, bake a few extra while you are at it and take a sweet potato with your lunches during the week.

Baked Sweet Potatoes

3-4 medium sweet potatoes

butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, optional

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Scrub sweet potatoes under cool running water. Pierce deeply with knife or fork to allow steam to escape while cooking. Place sweet potatoes in a glass dish (line with foil for easy clean up). Bake for about 45 minutes or until tender.

To open, cut a slit across the top and squish the ends of the potato toward the middle. Sometimes I just like a little salt on mine, but you could also top with a pat of butter, cinnamon, sugar, and/or nutmeg if desired.


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